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Low Vision Examinations

Although you may already have had an eye examination and don’t want to change your current eye doctor I will provide a different type of eye examination. It is an exam in which I do not examine you for eye disease but I do examine you to determine what your functional vision is. I then determine what needs to be done with your vision to allow you to see what you want to see. I will not replace your current eye doctor but will work with him or her to be a part of the team to help maintain your visual independence.

High Powered Telescopic Devices and other Magnification devices

With modern technology designing better magnifiers and magnification systems I have at my disposal any magnification device manufactured in the world. As not all devices are appropriate or maybe not give you the magnification your eyes need, I will recommend the appropriate device specifically for your vision.

Low Vision Rehabilitation

After I determine what functional vision you have I may prescribe vision rehabilitation.

Field expanding glasses

I am able to prescribe special glasses that are designed to expand your field of vision to allow you to see more from side to side in those people who have constricted vision due, for example, glaucoma, stroke or RP. This often will allow a person to return to driving a car again and walking with much greater comfort and confidence through crowds or store aisles.

Vision exercises

There are exercises I can prescribe to enable you to use your remaining vision with greater efficiency. This will possibly allow you to not only read better but be safer while walking, using steps, and over curbs.

Binocular vision

There are many people with vision difficulties with double vision, this will contribute to greater difficulty in reading and walking safely. Glasses specific for reducing or eliminating double vision are prescribed in these situations.

Nutritional counseling

What you eat may effect the outcome of your macular degeneration. We will review your current nutritional intake, nutritional suppliments and make recommendations as needed to increase the odds of maintaining your vision.

Lighting counseling

Various lighting sources are reviewed and proper recommendations will be made.

Accessing Community Resources

We assist you in obtaining disable parking permit for any car that you would be a passenger in, and where appropriate assisting you in obtaining increased homestead exemption for you house, free telephone directory assistance, etc.

What Causes Low Vision?

Though most often experienced by the elderly, people of all ages may be affected. Low vision can occur from birth defects, inherited diseases, injuries, diabetes, glaucoma, cataract and aging. The most common cause is macular degeneration, which is a deterioration of the retina, the light sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. Vision loss from dry macular degeneration is limited to central vision and fortunately does not cause total blindness since side (peripheral) vision is not affected.

Macular Degeneration

As the most common cause of vision loss among people over the age of 60, macular degeneration often referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), impacts millions of older adults every year. The disease damages the macula, the central part of the retina, and can sometimes make it difficult to read, drive or perform other activities requiring fine, detailed vision. The damaged parts of the macula often cause scotomas, or localized areas of vision loss. When you look at things with the damaged area, objects may seem to fade or disappear. Straight lines or edges may appear wavy. The way Dr. Huggett helps in these cases is to measure the current vision prescription, determine what vision is available and then make custom high powered telescopic glasses for increased distance vision and telemicroscopes for near or reading vision.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially blinding complication of diabetes that damages the eye’s retina. It affects half of all Americans diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels in the retina. At this point, most people do not notice any changes in their vision.

Some people with diabetic retinopathy develop a condition called macular edema. It occurs when the damaged blood vessels leak fluid and lipids onto the macula, the part of the retina that lets us see detail. The fluid makes the macula swell, blurring vision.

As the disease progresses, it enters its advanced, or proliferative, stage. Fragile, new blood vessels grow along the retina and in the clear, gel-like vitreous that fills the inside of the eye. Without timely treatment, these new blood vessels can bleed, cloud vision, and destroy the retina.

How can we help with this type of vision loss? We will determine the amount of vision that you currently have and then make the appropriate high powered lenses for you with the proper lighting recommendations.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the term for a diverse group of eye diseases, all of which involve progressive damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is usually, but not always, accompanied by high intraocular (internal) fluid pressure. Optic nerve damage produces certain characteristic visual field defects in the individual’s peripheral (side), as well as central, vision. There are three basic types: primary, secondary and congenital. Special high powered telescopic eye glasses are a special help to people with this type of vision loss.